Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Building His Brand(el)

I was working on a nice little think-piece about the NFL and Roger Goodell, but unfortunately that will have to wait because I am fired up right now about this Brandel Chamblee story.  For those of you who are not familiar with Brandel Chamblee, he is a former PGA Tour golfer that now works as an analyst on the Golf Channel.  He has been extremely critical of Tiger Woods this year ever since his two-shot penalty at the Masters, and recently published a puff-piece giving Tiger Woods a grade of "F" for the 2013 season.  Tiger's agent has since responded, threatening legal action and blowing the story up even more.  As a die-hard Tiger fan, I can't help but have an opinion on this.  However, I will try to be impartial and easy on the vitriol in this response.  It's tough when you have to look at that wimp with a stupid haircut though.

First of all, it would be crazy to think that Brandel Chamblee does not have it out for Tiger for some reason.  Whether he doesn't approve of his lifestyle and decisions, or he is jealous of his skill level and fame, something irks Brandel Chamblee about Tiger.  What else could explain the article he wrote for Golf.com?  Under the guise of season-ending grades for the top golfers on tour, Chamblee light-heartedly recaps 13 other professional golfer's seasons with humorous anecdotes.  He comments on Jason Dufner's wife, how many autographs Phil Mickelson signed, and how pretty Adam Scott is, while spending no more than a sentence or two on any one golfer.  Then he gets to Tiger.  In a paragraph, Chamblee explains how his fourth grade teacher caught him cheating and gave him a 100 on the test, then crossed it out and wrote "F" which he then does for Tiger as well.  It appears that Brandel Chamblee never really grew up from that fourth grade moment as he continues rather transparently to attack Tiger Woods without any real agenda.

After Tiger's agent responded, Chamblee said he was merely defending his "opinion" that Tiger cheated several times this year.  This is an interesting departure from Chamblee's comments earlier this year when he stated it was not his opinion, but fact, that Tiger cheated.  Take a look at this Twitter interaction between Chamblee and resident Golf Channel babe Win McMurry right after Tiger's penalty at the Masters in April:

13 Apr
I appreciate standing up for the RULES of GOLF against who is standing up for HIS OWN OPINION of right/wrong


13 Apr
it's not an opinion that he gained an advantage by taking an improper drop Win.

Chamblee insists it is not his opinion that Tiger gained an advantage by taking an improper drop, but that it is somehow factual and can be proven that Tiger got an advantage and is a cheater.  Now he is saying that it is just his opinion that Tiger was "cavalier with the rules" at the Masters, as well as at other tournaments.  Interesting flip-flop there after he totally crucified Tiger during the Masters and said that his entire career would have a cloud over it if he kept playing and didn't disqualify himself.  

I have a few conclusions to draw from this series of events:

1) Brandel Chamblee is a petty person, and has it out for Tiger Woods for some reason
2) If statement 1 is not true, then Brandel Chamblee must be trying to gain financially off of being the anti-Tiger Woods personality somehow (something I have always accused Phil Mickelson of as well, somewhat jokingly)
3) Statement 2 could be construed as the comments of a blind Tiger supporter.  I'll admit that.  But why else would Chamblee continue to slam Tiger Woods?  He made a stink around the Masters, then stirred the pot again after the season is over?  What is the point?  Ask David Portnoy.  Pageviews = internet dollars.  I feel bad even writing about this because it is just creating more buzz for Chamblee.  Such an irrelevant person should be ignored.
4) Chamblee has no idea what it is like to be under such intense scrutiny and media spotlight, so maybe he should just save the criticism for someone who was actually good at golf:

Brandel Chamblee

Results in major championships

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T18 DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T46 T61 T44
The Open Championship T66 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

5) Brandel Chamblee wouldn't have a job if it weren't for Tiger Woods.  Think about that.  He is paid money because of this person that he thinks is such a disgrace.  Can't be that bad I guess.

6)  Say what you want about Tiger; he should know the rules better, maybe he did wantonly disobey the rules, maybe he should sign more autographs, maybe he shouldn't have cheated on his wife.  But don't be a little bitch who writes a thinly veiled article whose only purpose is to blast someone you don't like.  Be a man, not the fourth grader you so eloquently describe in your article.  Which, by the way, I give an F. 

7) Elk might have said it best right here:

23h
If Tiger Woods sued Brandel Chamblee for his comments what would he hope to get? Some hair spray & a short snap hook ....






1 comment:

  1. Its got to be #6. Great article. Elk should take over for chamblee on the golf channel.

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